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Q&A: Joyce Smith
By Sarah Komisky
Two years ago, Joyce Smith received the news that her 14-year-old son was pronounced clinically dead after a terrible fall through an icy Missouri lake. Desperate, Joyce cried out to God in time of need to save her son and 60 minutes later, God did the impossible. Not only did her son come back to life but also walked out of the hospital doors only sixteen days later! Now fully restored, Joyce released a book of the amazing tell-all story of the power of faith and prayer entitled, The Impossible. Recently, her book was featured on Kathie Lee & Hoda’s Favorite Things segment on the Today Show and is going to soon be a 20th Century Fox film from Executive Producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven). Marked Ministry had the incredible opportunity to chat with Joyce and this is what she shared with us.
Sarah: Joyce, first of all, such an honor to chat with you. Your story of your son’s survival of a terrible accident and resurrection is truly miraculous. It’s been two years since the incident, and now you just released a book regarding the experience. What is it like now being able to been given the platform to tell this story of Christ’s power?
Joyce: We never dreamed when we adopted John this would be the journey God would lead us on. To sit and watch this miracle unfold is beyond anything I can put into words. What an honor the LORD has given us to proclaim to the world Jesus Christ is still in control of our next heartbeat, and He still is the final word over our lives.
Sarah: Prayer is a huge part of this story. You cried out to the Holy Spirit in that moment of desperation for your son’s life and believed God would answer and He did! Many of us have trouble believing God can do the impossible. How do you want to encourage people that He is able?
Joyce: Scripture states that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Look around you, God’s creation is a Miracle. He spoke the world into being and breathed life into Adam. Why would He not be able to continue being a God who can do the MIRACULOUS?
Sarah: Tagging on to that question. Why would you say going to God in prayer should be our first choice in and out of a crisis?
Joyce: God created man to communicate and be relational with Him. Prayer is talking to God, building a friendship and trust with Him. God then becomes your first choice for everything in your life because you learn He is your trusted friend.
Sarah: For God to do the impossible, we must believe He can. If we don’t believe, He cannot work in our lives. You believed God could raise your son to life and with that faith, God was able to move. How important is it to have faith and faith in God?
Joyce: The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. When you go to a light switch and flip it, you have faith the light is going to turn on. Why? Because it always has in the past. You have witnessed it happening. It’s the same with God. His character is faithfulness so you can trust Him and that is what He wants from us…. Our faith that He can be trusted with everything in our lives.
Sarah: We see in the Bible people like Lazarus and Jarius’ daughter and even Jesus being resurrected. Why do you think we view these miracles in the past tense and not in the present and why is that thinking faulty?
Joyce: I think we like to put God in a time capsule. We put time limits on Him and try to define who He is, because our minds can’t understand all God is. It still comes back to the trust issue. My thought is this, God is either who He said He is or He is not God. So far it has been my experience that He is who He said He is, and can do what He has done in the past.
Sarah: So much of your story had so much precision in the way your son survived and how his life was preserved. You have to see God’s hand in it. What would you say to the skeptic reading this article?
Joyce: My son is alive and thriving. The doctors to this day cannot explain how this is possible, because of all the things in his body that were in catastrophic failure. Sixteen days from the day of the accident, my son walked out of the hospital totally healed. You can’t argue the facts.
Sarah: Jesus Himself said that He was the God of resurrection. You’ve seen it in your son’s life. What does that mean to you?
Joyce: God is faithful. God can be trusted with every detail of your life. His plan for your life is better than you can dream.
Sarah: I love that you said in a Today Show interview that you believe Proverbs 18:21 that says that the tongue has the power of life and death. You were diligent about guarding what doctors said when they were saying your son wouldn’t make it or would be brain dead if he did. You didn’t receive that and instead, spoke life in that hospital room. How important is it for us to do that and trust God more than man to do the impossible?
Joyce: We set our attitudes and thought processes by the things we speak. Out words are our declarations. Beth Moore stated this in her Bible study “Believing God” that “we are created in God’s image and He is omnipotent, therefore our words are potent.” God puts an importance on our words as well. To have salvation we must confess Jesus as our Savior, and we will give account for our words and deeds at the end of our days. We should guard our words and confessions.
Sarah: Your son walked out of the hospital and people that worked there were even calling it miraculous. Share with us some accounts of those in that hospital that were changed by this event?
Joyce: One person sticks out in my mind, Alex. She was John’s charge nurse the morning they brought John into the hospital from the lake. She said, “After seeing what happened to John that day in the ER, I’ll go toe to toe with anyone who says there is no God, I saw God raise John from the dead.”
The other two people who come to mind are Dr. Sutterer and Dr. Garrett. Both of these doctors have declared John’s healing a miracle. They both saw firsthand all of the scientific reasons why my son’s dead body should not be alive today, yet he is very much alive and well.
Sarah: Your son in that interview also stated that the experience taught him to appreciate life, the little things, and to love others because time is short. How does that message apply to you as well?
Joyce: I don’t sweat the small things any more. My son’s sometimes cluttered bedroom is not a vacant room… it’s full of life, his life… not a memory. It helps me weigh my words with John and others… you never know if that might be the last you speak, or they might hear.
To find out more about Joyce and “The Impossible,” visit: theimpossiblebook.com for more.